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Accession Number ADA592709
Title Irregular Warfare: Counterterrorism Forces in Support of Counterinsurgency Operations.
Publication Date Mar 2012
Media Count 30p
Personal Author W. B. Ostlund
Abstract United States counterterrorism (CT) forces have been employed in Afghanistan since October 18, 2001. Over the last decade, the CT force profile and method of operating has evolved. Historically, the CT force was a secretive organization that did little to directly assist conventional battle space owners (BSO) operating in a shared counterinsurgency (COIN) environment. Today, the CT force overtly supports the BSO from the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (COMISAF) to the many dispersed battalion commanders operating throughout Afghanistan. The CT force's evolution was born of necessity. As the battle space became more complex and conventional forces controlled large tracts of land, ensuring that operations were mutually supporting aided if not guaranteed the CT force's freedom of action (FOA). Conversely, operations that were not fully coordinated routinely inhibited the CT force's FOA. In January 2009, the CT force aggressively revamped its method of operating in Afghanistan to provide unprecedented support to BSO and consequently guarantee FOA for the CT force. This effort will focus on unclassified actions taken by the CT force to increase its freedom of action and thus effects in two very different counterinsurgency operating environments: Afghanistan and Iraq. Generic inferences will illuminate, and ideally help preserve, the CT force efforts and lessons without compromising ongoing efforts and effects. The study seeks to ensure that the unclassified lessons amassed are captured and ideally learned, trained, rehearsed, and implemented.
Keywords Afghanistan conflict
Al qaeda
Battle space owners
Conventional forces
Counterterrorism forces
F3ea(Find fix finish exploit and analyze)
Freedom of action
Information exchange
Inter-service coordination
Interagency coordination
Iraqi war
Irregular warfare
Isaf(International security assistance force)
Lessons learned
Military commanders
Nonstate actors
Operational effectiveness
Special operations forces

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 74 - Military Sciences
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Medford, MA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1412
Contract Number N/A

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